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and let it be known

BREAKING: Amazon Acquires Digital Comics Retailer, Comixology

Comixology co-founder and CEO, David Steinberger has just posted a message on the site revealing their acquisition of the digital comic site by Amazon.com. He wrote, “We have long had the goal of making every person on the planet a comics fan. With Amazon’s help, this crazy goal is more possible than ever before. With the Kindle, Amazon has shown a passion for reinventing the reading experience, just like comiXology has shown for comics and graphic novels.”

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Oh Really?

Amazon Now Allows You To Write Official Veronica Mars Fanfic, Good Way To Pitch The Movie Sequel?

Most Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter supporters are still eagerly anticipating the release this weekend, though the ones able to shell out the big bucks have already seen it. But like most things in Hollywood, sequel talk starts early and Veronica Mars is no exception. Meanwhile, how would you like to make money off your (non-smutty) Veronica Mars fanfic? Amazon has just the thing… 

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i'll just leave this here

Amazon Is Cracking Down On Monster Porn, And We Won’t Stand For It

One of the great things about self-publishing it that it allows authors to get their works out to the masses without the hassle of going through publishers who might not understand the, er, niche appeal of what they write. Like, for example, erotica where ladies get down and dirty with mythological creatures like minotaurs, boar gods, cthulhu, and mermen. And hey, I may not agree with the Bigfoot porn you read, but I’ll defend to the death your right to read it.

The same is not true of Amazon, which has been yanking “cryptozoological erotica” from their digital shelves. For shame, Amazon. For shame.

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A Lesson in Humility

Kindle Worlds Takes on Kurt Vonnegut’s Oeuvre, Fans Still Dislike The Consumerist Fic Platform

The collective fandom groan that is Kindle Worlds (Amazon’s project to sell fanfiction) has picked up another author’s oeuvre– literary legend Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Let’s lampshade the irony of Kilgore Trout (perennially penniless sci-fi author who can only get his work published in porn magazines, recurring Vonnegut character, noted communist) being used to sell an open-exchange fandom’s work back to them for a profit.

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Insidery

Apple Found Guilty of eBook Price Fixing; Amazon Cackles, Twirls Moustache

I can’t blame you if you haven’t been following the Department of Justice’s suit against Apple and (originally) five other book publishers for price fixing in the eBook market. It’s kind of arcane and weird, but it’s an arcane and weird thing that may affect the entire electronic book market, and if you’re the kind of book reader who looks at gamers flipping out about DRM that places unreasonable requirements on the user and thinks “there but for the grace of God go I,” you might want to pay attention. Just in case.

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Amazon Announces “Jet City Comics”, Own Comics Imprint

Amazon.com announced today that it will be starting it’s own comics imprint: Jet City Comics. The first titles the line will be sporting are adaptations of such big name authors like George R.R. Martin, Neal Stephenson, and Hugh Howey.

Go under the cut for comic book covers, commentary, and titles.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Doctor and Rose at Disneyworld

Come on, you know they totally did this. These cosplayers have the right idea. (Fashionably Geek)

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Suddenly

Amazon’s Launching A Program To Sell Fanfic. Yeah, You Read That Right.

Not just any old fanfic. Your Star Trek/Supernatural crossover high school AU won’t earn you any dough quite yet. But with a new program called Kindle Worlds writers in certain fandoms, with more to come, will be able to publish their fic on Amazon. And earn royalties. Completely legally.

There is no gif that can express what my brain is doing right now. In text form, it’s “??!??!?!!?!?!?.”

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Braaaaiiiinnnnns

Amazon.com’s Zombieland Pilot is a Real Thing That’s Happening, Here’s the Picture to Prove It

Attempts to get a Zombieland television show off the ground have been happening since before the movie was even conceived, but it’s taken the mercantile nature of growing online streaming video market to give it its best chance yet. Even so, when Amazon.com’s pilot of the show does air, it won’t get turned into a series unless it pulls enough eyeballs, so you should probably get used to the new actors playing the characters.

I asked Zombie Bill Murray whether he’d be appearing, but he said nobody would ever believe him.

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Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

If This Lawsuit Succeeds, It Could Break Amazon’s Dominance of the eBook Market

The new and growing market for eBooks has allowed companies to call into question some of the basic and universal characteristics of reading and owning books. That you can loan them to your friends, for example, or that by purchasing a book you’re also purchasing the ability to read it whenever you want, wherever you want, until you lose it, donate it, give it away, or wear through its well-loved spine.

eBook publishers have, to put it mildly, established that these are qualities of a book that they do not intend to carry over to the new format, which is to a certain extent fine, so long as consumers know what they’re getting into. But the eBook market also has other problems, namely accusations of price fixing, and, due to the combination of software that limits the kind of device a given eBook can be read on and the dominance of the Kindle over the eReader market, bullying tactics. A new lawsuit filed by three independent bookstores is looking to strike at the heart of the problem: the insistance of eReader makers that their books should not be readable on other devices.

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